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7 Days Healthy Living Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Indigo Yoga Resort, 60111 Mal Pais, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Overview

Enlightenment Yoga Retreat Costa Rica

All forms of yoga build strength and endurance while instilling a flow of energy that leads to balance and harmony. Indigo Yoga Resort aim is to help guests experience truth, love, inner peace, and enlightenment that is found through a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Facilitating the surfing and SUP, Indigo Yoga Resort has teamed up with one of the best surf schools in town. Leave the stress and anxiety behind and explore the oneness with self and enlightenment that can be found through yoga and healthy living.

Highlights

  • 1 surfing lesson
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Highly experience surf instructors
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Beautiful wildlife

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Some junior suites have one queen size bed for two people and other with double bed, plus one single bed. Each room has air conditioning, safe box, ceiling fan, and hot water.

Ben Dayman

Ben Dayman has 30 years of surfing experience and has been teaching surfing for ten years. He was also a former aerialist working in the circus and teaching in circus schools around the world.

Francesca Dottavi

Francesca Dottavi, born in Italy and owner of Indigo Yoga Resort, offers a special blend of yoga - Iyengar, Vinyasa flow, Aerial yoga, and silks. Francesca has the mastery to transcend this special energy to all her students.

Ramon Taliani

Ramon Taliani is local pro surfer who competes in the national surfing competition, international events in Europe, and has represented at several ISA world surfing games. He is also a certified ISA surf instructor and lifeguard.

Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. Its only a five-hour flight from most parts of the United States. The location, safety, reputation of its people for warm and generous hospitality, and the beautiful beaches and jungles have made Costa Rica one of the worlds top tourist destinations in recent years.

Indigo Boutique Hotel is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the howler and capuchin monkeys hang in the trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds. Indigo Boutique Hotel is blessed to be close to some amazing points, reefs, and three beach breaks all within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel.

Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Spa
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair salon
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Seven daily buffet breakfasts are included in the price of the retreat. You can also find an in-site restaurant. The restaurant meets the point of jungle and sea. From the rich Costa Rican coffee at sunrise, the restaurant offers a daily-changing light menu. Indigo Yoga Resort emphasizes on using fresh fish and produce from the local farmers. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in the open-air restaurant or the romantic settings along the poolside amidst the tropical gardens.

Cabo Blanco biological reserve

Take an interesting nature hike through one of the most beautiful scenic sites on the Pacific coast, Cabo Blanco biological reserve. Some of the attractions that make Cabo Blanco such an interesting and beautiful wilderness area are its dense semi-deciduous forest, deep-blue sea with islands that serve as important nesting sites for marine birds and animals, such as white-tailed deer, three species of monkeys, agoutis, coyotes, and wild cats.

Canopy del Pacifico

This canopy tour is based in the quiet seaside village of Mal Pais, on a farm at the entrance of Cabo Blanco nature reserve; this whole area is covered in tropical rainforest. This exciting canopy ride is nearly a kilometer long and has seven platforms set high on the trees. Following the strictest safety norms, you will enjoy trilling views of the Pacific ocean and of the forest canopy, and a short hike by a local hardwood plantation.

Horseback riding

Cattles ranching is primarily based in the Peninsula of Nicoya, one of the areas where the Spanish first settled. Take an unforgettable horseback ride through Hacienda Aro, a 5000 acre, family-owned ranch only four miles up north from Bija Flor Resort, where development has been kept at bay due to limited access through private holdings and natural buffers of estuaries, rivers, and mangroves. The property runs parallel to a pristine stretch of coastline, called Manzanillo Beach.

Mal Pais bird watching tour

If youre a hardcore birder or just getting started in this gratifying pastime, join the naturalist guide for a memorable experience along the roadside gallery forest at Mal Pas in a natural preserve sanctuary known as Star Mountain. Dancing long-tailed manakins and curious turquoise-browed motmots are among the 100 species you might encounter.

Mountain biking

Take a great ride along the coast and visit the beautiful beaches of Mal Pas, El Carmen, Santa Teresa, Hermosa, and Manzanillo. Stop at any of the innumerable tide pools and different spots along the beaches to freshen up, take amazing pictures, and continue your bike trekking. Indigo Yoga Resort has mountain bikes available for the tour.

Sport fishing

Costa Rica is an anglers dream came true. Indigo Yoga Resort offers great deep sea fishing, billfish being the biggest attraction, particularly sailfish and marlin. However, fishermen regularly hook plenty of wahoo, roosterfish, yellow fin tuna, and mahi-mahi among other feisty fighters. It is also common to encounter whales and numerous dolphins during the fishing trips.

Surfing trips and surf lessons

Visitors come all year round to surf either the beach breaks or the more challenging waves at the rocky points around the area. Indigo Yoga Resort offers surfboards for rent and transportation if necessary. Transportation by boat is also available to other surfing spots, some of them totally unspoiled. Surfing lessons are also offered for those interested in a new adrenaline filled experience.

For the spa at Indigo Yoga Resort is a pleasure to provide a complete therapeutic experience for those seeking balance and vitality. It invites you to experience the sanctuary of body renewal. Indigo Yoga Resort wants you to relax, escape and absorb all of its wonder. The therapists are highly skilled. The spa is open daily and it encourages you to make your reservations early at the concierge desk.

Esthetics

  • Mani - pedi combo
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Waxing (30 minutes)

Healing therapies

  • Reflexology (60 minutes)
  • Reiki (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
  • Traditional Chinese acupuncture (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
  • Watsu (60 minutes)

Massage therapies

  • Couples (60 minutes)
  • Deep tissue (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
  • Rebalancing (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
  • Swedish relaxation (60 minutes or 90 minutes)
  • Thai (90 minutes or 120 minutes)

Spa therapies

  • Coconut skin polish (90 minutes)
  • Slimming seaweed wrap (60 minutes)
  • Volcanic clay detox (90 minutes)
  • 1 surf lesson on the week
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 7 buffet breakfast
  • Daily yoga 1.5-hour class
  • Special price on extra activities
  • Taxes

Driving directions from San Jose

  • Coming from San Jose, you take the Highway 1 / Interamericana.
  • Drive northwest for about two hours in the direction of Puntarenas. It is one of the bigger towns outside the Central Valley so you shouldnt have any problems finding it.
  • From there you take a ferry to Paquera, which is situated on the Nicoya peninsula. In high season, there is a ferry leaving for Paquera about every two hours.
  • Once you are on the ferry, you can enjoy the sun and scenery for about one hour and 15 minutes. Normally they also offer little snacks and drinks during the passage.
  • From Paquera it takes another one and a half hours until you get to Mal Pais.
  • To get to your destination, you take the road to Playa Tambor, but continue straight to Cobano. From Cobano you follow the road until you get to Playa El Carmen.
  • On the right hand side you will see a big sign saying Franks Place. This is the intersection that divides Playas El Carmen and Santa Teresa in the north from Mal Pais in the south.
  • To get to Indigo Yoga Resort, you take a left turn at this intersection and follow the road for a little more than five minutes until you see the Indigo Yoga Resort entrance and coffee shop on your left hand side.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamara International Airport (SJO).

To get to the Mal Pais and Santa Teresa area, you can fly from San Jos to Playa Tambor. The flight takes about 25 minutes.

Arrival by bus

In San Jose, you will have to find the bus station of Puntarenas. Since the bus stations to the various destinations are located in different areas of the town, please ask for directions there. The bus to Puntarenas takes about two and a half hours until you get to the bus station in Paquera. From there, you take a taxi to the ferry port. Once in Paquera, you can arrange a taxi transfer to Mal Pais or take another bus to El Carmen. From there, you can catch a local taxi to Indigo Yoga Resort.

Arrival by ferry

You can drive from San Jos to Puntarenas and take the ferry to Paquera. From there, drive south through Tambor to Cbano. From there you can drive to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, or Manzanillo, as well as Montezuma. Its another 20-30 minutes to Mal Pais from Cbano. The total time from San Jose to Malpais is around four to six hours, mostly depending on how long you have to wait for the ferry in Puntarenas. Depending on the season, the ferry leaves every two to three hours.

Arrival by shuttle

A shuttle transfer from San Jose or other destinations in Costa Rica can be arranged. For more information, please send Indigo Yoga Resort an inquiry.

Arrival by taxi

A taxi from Playa Tambo to the hotel can be arranged. For more information, please send Indigo Yoga Resort an inquiry.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Indigo Yoga Resort an inquiry.
  • Review by Hanna from Copenhagen, Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "Spend the first night in the Indigo yogas Hostel, which is basic, but fine. Moved to the resort on the other side of the road for 2 nights in a beautiful, very clean room with outdoor shower. and own terrace. The staff + owner is nice and helpful. Nice breakfast, lovely pool area+ garden, near beach. In total a great experience. Will definitely recommend this place."

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  • Review by Carmen W
    10 out of 10

    "We did 4 days of Yoga and Surf retreat in the Indigo Resort. We had such a great time!!! We had 1,5 hours of different yoga styles each day and 1,5 hours of surf lesson. The yoga teachers were all very good, kind and helpful. The surf teacher, Ramon, is a pro and really taught us a lot in this short amount of time. He picked us up each day and drove with us to a good surf spot. "

    "Additionally we had an hour horsebackridding on the beach which was also amazing!"

    "The whole staff of Indigo was very kind and made us feel at home. Special thanks to Nicolle for accepting our reservation on so short notice and for getting back to us and confirming so quickly."

    "The food, thanks to the staff in the kitchen, tastes delicious and is so healthy."

    "I definetly recommend this place. It is just a paradise!!!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Natick
    10 out of 10

    "We loved everything about Indigo. The bungalow apartments are super clean, modern and carry a zen vibe. The private outdoor showers and bathrooms are so fun! The hotel is located right across from stunning playa mal pais. We walked down to the playa at night with drinks to watch the breathtaking sunsets! The grounds are well maintained tropical gardens home to varieties of birds and even monkeys in the trees! The pool lounge andyoga practice area are truly luxurious. The restaurant served fresh healthy daily options. We were on a 2 week road trip around the Nicoya Peninsula (very ambitious and risky) & Indigo was by far our most favorite stay!"

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  • Review by Anna & Jesse from Anchorage, Alaska, USA

    "The original hotel I was booked at had new owners and somehow my reservation was lost between the two. They found me a reservation at Indigo, and I loved it here. The rooms were spacious with a kitchen, bedroom, and indoor/outdoor bathroom. The shower is outdoors with beautiful, molded concrete walls. The patio area had two chairs and a hammock. The on-site manager was always friendly and available to help. The pool area was beautiful as well. My only comment would be that if you have small children you may not want to stay in their rooms they call apartments. Their walls are rather thin, and my neighbors were very noisy one evening. I don't know if you would want to explain that to your children..."

    "Our absolute favorite part, though, was the restaurant. If you stay here, you must eat at least one night in the restaurant. The chef is amazing! There is no menu, but each day he decides what to make after he meets with the fishermen and finds out what is fresh to make for dinner. He has a couple of appetizer options and a couple of entrée options. Once he found out I couldn't eat seafood, there just so happened to be chicken options on the menu the next couple of nights. (That is how amazing his food was, we ate there our second night when we were tired and ate there the rest of our stay!)"

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  • Review by Ivan

    "We spent 3 nights in the hotel and everything was amazing. The stuff is very nice. The common spaces in the hotel premises are insane and very clean: pool, garden, yoga area, etc. The rooms are spacious and decoration is nice and minimalist."

    "We had an outdoors bathroom. So cool! The breakfast was good. Regular food, natural squeezed juice and coffee. In my opinion, something to improve would be the poor lightning in the room. I believe it is as is on purpose but we could barely read at night."

    "Overall, it has been an incredible experience and we strongly recommend it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Montreal, Canada

    "Indigo Hotel is such a zen space to stay in! We planned on staying two nights but ended up extending because of how awesome the hotel and the area was! For the facilities, the pool is simply stunning and perfect temperature. The rooms are exactly like on the pictures, which was a surprise because they are so nice! They were extremely spacious, the outdoor but indoor shower was very big and quite stunning, and overall the room was perfect. The breakfast was simple but delicious. The landscaping was also pretty exotic and this really made us feel like the owners truly cared about the hotel. The yoga center is very large and has all the necessary equipment to enjoy a peaceful yoga session in a tropical setting. Mathias was an excellent staff member and went above and beyond his jobs to help us out and find the bests spots to relax, eat, and surf! Ask him about the secret beach or the stunning Montezuma waterfall, it's totally worth it!Ben, the owner's husband, went out of his way to make sure we had a pleasant stay. He's also has an amazing surf school in the city center and he gave us a great surfing lesson! Definitely check this hotel out the next time you are in Mal Pais! The previous negative reviews might be from the previous owners as the management changed recently like Ben told us. Just one tip, if you are like us and don't have transportation, it is absolutely recommended to rent an ATV in town to get to and from this hotel. Although it is not central, its worth the ride out of town for the peace and quiet in this heavenly spot! Also, check out the nearby beach restaurant for the most amazing beach views in Mal Pais!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "This hotel is now under new management for the past year. The room, bed, and washroom were clean and spacious. I felt very comfortable with my stay. The owner was very pleasant and kind. I recommend this hotel."

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  • Review by Meagan R. from Pennsylvania, USA

    "I was lucky enough to visit Indigo as a retreat I presented at was hosted here. It was an absolute pleasure! The food was amazing - at each meal, we were blown away by the culinary creations, the presentation through to the flavor and finishing off with a delicious dessert; healthy, filling, and inventive. They were also very happy to accommodate the different dietary restrictions of members of our group. The rooms were simple but clean and spacious. The beds super comfy, the bathrooms are amazing! The outdoor shower has an abundance of hot water and great water pressure.The yoga classes were perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga shala as a space to meditate, dance, and stretch - even when classes were not happening. The staff was overwhelmingly accommodating and they offer great excursions. The surf lessons are really great - I didn't attend but many in my group did and they were raving. Overall, Indigo is a gem and worth the slightly longer drive through Santa Teresa to the quieter location of Indigo - yet still just down the street to the hustle and bustle of Santa Teresa."

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  • Review by a traveller from Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    "I recently had the opportunity to take part in a professional development retreat for hoopdance teachers at Indigo. This property was taken over by a lovely couple, Ben and Francesca late last year. They have made so many beautiful improvements. There are three different types of accommodations, all with their own charm and amenities. We stayed in the Monkey Apartment which features a full kitchen, indoor and outdoor shower, air conditioning, and a lockbox. The rooms are very reasonably priced as well. The yoga shala is huge and the perfect place for a bunch of hoop dancers to get their groove on! Besides the shala and rooms, there is a gorgeous pool and a fantastic restaurant onsite which fed us the most incredible meals every day. The restaurant is owned by a sweet Tico man named Pedro who makes every dish with so much love. I cannot say enough good things about Indigo, I would recommend this spot for any yoga and/or hoop groups that want to come for a retreat!"

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  • Review by Lollerey

    "We wanted a very relaxed place to finish our travels in Costa Rica and have usually rather high expectations on the hotels we're staying at. We stayed three nights at Indigo Surf and loved the experience. The rooms were very clean and large and the outdoor showers contributed to the relaxed feeling and closeness to nature. The food was excellent and very tasty especially the amazing smoothies! I wanted to learn how to surf and Ramon, the son of the owners who gives group or private lessons, had me on the board catching my own waves after just two lessons despite it only being my second time on a surf board. The only downside is that it is a little far away but if you have a quad or bike, it is no problem otherwise taxis are cheap and easily available. There is also a fantastic yoga temple where yoga classes are taught each morning. My travel companion took a few classes and was very impressed by the teacher. All around an extremely pleasant experience and very welcoming. Can highly recommend."

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Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Indigo Yoga Resort is a truly unique place located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica that offers yoga, SUP, and surf retreats.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Green season
  • May 1 - November 1

 

High season
  • November 1 - April 30
 
Unavailable dates
  • December 15 - January 15

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